Cincinnati at Florida

W: B. Claussen (1-1) L: B. Moehler (1-1)
S: D. Graves (7)
HR: CIN - None   FLA - None

Reds 2, Marlins 1

CBS wire reports

MIAMI -- Brandon Claussen got the help he needed to end his six-game losing streak.

Claussen and three relievers combined on a four-hitter Sunday, helping the Cincinnati Reds snap a three-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Claussen (1-1) allowed three hits, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter in 5 1/3 innings, winning for the first time since Aug. 22.

"Oh man, there's no way I could have gotten a win if it weren't for the bullpen," Claussen said. "It was a real team effort.

"My arm was a little tired. I hadn't pitched this consistently in a while. My arm wasn't feeling that great but we battled through it."

Joe Valentine and Ryan Wagner pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings before Danny Graves struggled through the ninth to earn his seventh save in as many chances. He walked two and gave up a broken-bat RBI single to pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera before striking out Juan Pierre with runners on first and second.

The Reds scored their runs on a first-inning groundout and on Damion Easley's error in the third.

Marlins starter Brian Moehler (1-1) allowed two runs -- one earned -- struck out five and walked one in seven innings. It was his longest outing since pitching seven innings for Cincinnati on Aug. 16, 2002, against Houston.

Moehler's previous start, when he went five innings to beat Washington on Tuesday, was the first time he had pitched at least five innings since April 11, 2003. He pitched in the minor leagues last season after suffering a shoulder injury in 2003.

Sean Casey had three hits and an RBI for Cincinnati. Ryan Freel added two hits and scored both two runs.

"Moehler pitched great, but luckily for us, Claussen matched him pitch for pitch," Casey said. "Our pitching really did the job for us today and we were able to get a couple of runs across."

Freel opened the game by lining a single to left. He stole second, took third on Ken Griffey Jr.'s grounder and scored on Casey's groundout, which Moehler nearly grabbed to his right.

"I wish I could have fielded that ball," Moehler said. "I would have kept the run from scoring. That's the way it goes."

Freel also started the third with a single and advanced to second on Griffey's infield single. When Casey followed with hard grounder that was smothered by Easley, Freel initially stopped at third. He scored when the second baseman threw wildly toward first.

"My foot came out from under me when I was throwing," Easley said.

"I was checking out (third-base coach) Mark Berry to see if he was holding me," Freel said. "As soon as I saw the ball on the edge of the outfield grass, I thought I had a chance to make it home, so I kept on going."

Florida's most serious threat before the ninth came in the second, when Mike Lowell's lined double to left put runners on second and third with one out. After Jeff Conine struck out, Alex Gonzalez was walked intentionally and Moehler grounded out to Claussen.

"I didn't have very good command of my changeup and that's usually my get me out of a jam pitch," Claussen said. "So I had to bet on locating my fastball."

The Marlins also failed to score despite having two runners on with one out in the fourth and sixth.

"We couldn't get the key hit," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "One hit could have broke the game open."


Neither team took pregame batting or fielding practice on the field because there was a home run derby involving the World Softball League All-Stars. ... Griffey went 1-for-4 and extended his career-high homerless streak to start a season to 59 at-bats. ... The Marlins are 0-7 in games in which they have scored less than four runs. ... Florida will begin an eight-game road trip on Tuesday at Colorado. ...

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Players of the Game

R. Freel
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0

B. Claussen
IP 5.1
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 3

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Ryan Freel, 2B5220021 .382
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4010011 .203
Sean Casey, 1B4031000 .288
Joe Randa, 3B4000004 .262
Adam Dunn, LF2000202 .288
Austin Kearns, RF4020014 .222
Rich Aurilia, SS4010014 .220
Jason LaRue, C3000021 .222
Brandon Claussen, P2000000 .000
    Joe Valentine, P0000000 .000
   a- Jacob Cruz, PH1000000 .200
    Ryan Wagner, P0000000 .000
   b- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH1000001 .200
    Danny Graves, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Valentine in the 7th
b-lined out for Wagner in the 9th
2B - Sean Casey (3, Perisho), Rich Aurilia (4, T. Jones)
SH - Jason LaRue (1)
RBI - Sean Casey (4)
SB - Ryan Freel (2, 2nd base off Moehler/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Freel-Aurilia-Casey
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Claussen (W,1-1) 5.1300330 2.61
Joe Valentine (H,2) 0.2000010 3.12
Ryan Wagner (H,6) 2000100 0.96
Danny Graves (S,7) 1111210 4.32
IBB - A. Gonzalez by Brandon Claussen
HBP - Delgado (by Brandon Claussen)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Claussen 97-55, Joe Valentine 9-6, Ryan Wagner 20-13, Danny Graves 30-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Claussen 6-7, Ryan Wagner 5-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Claussen 23, Joe Valentine 2, Ryan Wagner 6, Danny Graves 6
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF5000012 .295
Damion Easley, 2B3000100 .160
Carlos Delgado, 1B3000011 .319
Juan Encarnacion, RF3000101 .277
Paul Lo Duca, C3120101 .368
Mike Lowell, 3B3010113 .183
Jeff Conine, LF4000027 .222
Alex Gonzalez, SS2000102 .211
   a- Miguel Cabrera, PH1011000 .310
    Chris Aguila, PR0000000 .200
Brian Moehler, P2000003 .000
   b- Luis Castillo, PH1000000 .288
    Matt Perisho, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .000
   c- Lenny Harris, PH0000100 .286
a-singled for A. Gonzalez in the 9th
b-grounded out for Moehler in the 7th
c-walked for T. Jones in the 9th
2B - Mike Lowell (3, Claussen)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (16)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera (5)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Easley-A. Gonzalez-Delgado
E - Damion Easley (1, Wild throw)
Florida Marlins
Brian Moehler (L,1-1) 7721150 1.83
Matt Perisho 0.1100010 1.80
Todd Jones 1.2100110 2.00
IBB - Dunn by Todd Jones
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 100-65, Matt Perisho 10-6, Todd Jones 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 7-8, Todd Jones 2-2
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 28, Matt Perisho 2, Todd Jones 7
Game Information
Attendance - 28219
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Joe West